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Note to Self: Slow Down!

Something I still need to work on is eating with purpose—in other words, taking my time, savoring the aromas and flavors, and listening to my body's fullness signals. But with my hectic schedule, I often scarf down meals as quickly as I can—which often leads to overeating. At my last meeting with my dietitian, Lila Ojeda, we brainstormed an easy way to cue mindful eating when I'm at home. On small Post-It notes, I wrote prompts, including, "slow down," "chew your food thoroughly," "put your fork down at least three times during the meal," "breathe," and "leave a little something on the plate." Then I placed one note on each of the plates and bowls in the cabinet. Now when I pull one down to eat from it, I have a written reminder right in front of me. So far, it's working like a charm.

 

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